Imam praised for saving life of suspect in London mosque attack

The driver of the van has reportedly been arrested

Police have named the man suspected of using a van to attack worshipers at a London mosque as 47-year-old Darren Osborne, a father-of-four from Cardiff, Wales.

Mayor Sadiq Khan called the latest incident "a horrific terrorist attack on innocent people" and said extra police would be deployed to "reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

"It was quite clearly an attack on Muslims", said Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

"When he was running, he was saying, "I'm going to kill more people". and when he was on the ground, I asked him, 'Why did you do that? Why?"

Security Minister Ben Wallace confirmed the suspect was not known to the security services.

Finsbury Park Mosque has been home in the past to several Islamist terrorists, including imam Mostafa Kamel Mostafa who is now serving a life sentence for killing four people, and shoe bomber Richard Reid who attempted to detonate explosives packed in his shoe on an American Airlines flight in December 2001. "I don't think people understand how much these attacks affect all of us".

The attack was declared a terrorist incident within eight minutes of its occurrence, and armed officers were on the scene within 10 minutes, police said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called it, "an attack on Muslims near their place of worship". She added that the man acted alone.

J.K. Rowling is no stranger to speaking up on Twitter, and she did so again on Monday morning.

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The attack was the fourth since March in Britain, and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians in London. The violence has fueled a rise in hate crimes across Britain. "It appears from witness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia", he said.

STINCHFIELD: Alright, so we see an escalating number of attacks, as that is still under investigation.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid also visited the scene, and, outside the police cordon, comforted a woman who was visibly shaking. Despite this, Stinchfield said that he would "like to get more information about what really happened there".

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath showed a Caucasian man being detained by police.

"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm", he said.

"We extinguished flames of anger or mob rule that would have taken charge", Mahmoud said.

A driver plowed into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday in an attack that police said they were investigating as a terrorist incident. "The Muslim Community in this area is horrified at this incident and is concerned and shocked at the events".

Witnesses said the suspect mowed down pedestrians leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque a little after midnight as the crowd left the mosque after their Ramadan prayers.

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